OYB July 31

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted 13 August 2006, back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: II Chronicles 29
NT: Romans 14
Ps: Psalm 24
Pr: Proverbs 20:12

Today´s notable verse:

Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

Romans 14:19 (NIV)

You know, I think the former end is easy to visualize and to attempt to accomplish, but the latter often ends up overlooked. Paul's passage here is about how we have freedom in Christ, but we must take every care to ensure that the exercise of that freedom is mutually edifying. We cannot fulfill the law to love our neighbor as ourselves if our actions do not yield mutually edifying results. If I seek only my own edification, then I am acting selfishly and not acting in love. Conversely, when I seek to act in order to edify another, then I am exemplifying Christ's example of the greatest form of love: to lay down my life - my rights, my freedoms, etc. - for another.

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OYB July 30

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted 13 August 2006, back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: II Chronicles 26-28
NT: Romans 13
Ps: Psalm 23
Pr: Proverbs 20:11

Today´s notable verse:

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.

Romans 13:8 (NIV)

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OYB July 29

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted 13 August 2006, back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: II Chronicles 24-25
NT: Romans 12
Ps: Psalm 22:19-31
Pr: Proverbs 20:8-10

Today´s notable verse:

1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual[a] act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)

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OYB July 28

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted 13 August 2006, back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: II Chronicles 21-23
NT: Romans 11:13-36
Ps: Psalm 22:1-18
Pr: Proverbs 20:7

Today´s notable verse:

The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him.

Proverbs 20:7 (NIV)

It is perhaps this thought above all others that compels me to pursue righteousness: I want to be a blessing to my children. I want to pass on a legacy of righteousness and blessing, and not one of iniquity and struggle. All too often, I fail when I consider only the consequences to myself for my actions; but when I consider that my obedience or disobedience will have an impact on my future children, I find the strength and the will to pursue righteousness whole-heartedly.

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OYB July 27

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted 13 August 2006, back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: II Chronicles 19-20
NT: Romans 10:14-21, Romans 11:1-12
Ps: Psalm 21
Pr: Proverbs 20:4-6

Today´s notable verse:

O our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.

II Chronicles 20:9 (NIV)

We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you. I can think of no better place for my eyes to be - especially when I am in a situation in which I do not know what to do!

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OYB July 26

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted 13 August 2006, back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: II Chronicles 17-18
NT: Romans 9:25-33, Romans 10:1-13
Ps: Psalm 20
Pr: Proverbs 20:2-3

Today´s notable verse:

It is to a man's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.

Proverbs 20:3 (NIV)

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OYB July 25

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted 12 August 2006, back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: II Chronicles 14-16
NT: Romans 9:1-24
Ps: Psalm 19
Pr: Proverbs 20:1

Today´s notable verse:

Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?

Romans 9:21 (NIV)

Wow, what profound wisdom in such a simple, rhetorical question. Our human concepts of "fair" and "unfair" wither under the light of the truth represented here. God is our Creator, and as such He has the right to create us as He will, for whatever purpose He wills. Our only responsibility as the pottery is to fulfill our purpose for which we were created, and to bring glory and honor to the Potter.

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OYB July 24

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted 12 August 2006, back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: II Chronicles 11-13
NT: Romans 8:26-39
Ps: Psalm 18:37-50
Pr: Proverbs 19:27-29

Today´s notable verse:

26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will.

Romans 8:26-27 (NIV)

Todays reading from the eighth chapter of Romans has some absolutely incredible Scriptures, starting with this description of the Holy Spirit interceding for us, directly to the Father. Following these verses is a passage chock-full of encouragement:

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28 (NIV)

What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Romans 8:31 (NIV)

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:35-39 (NIV)

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OYB July 23

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted 12 August 2006, back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: II Chronicles 8:11-18, II Chronicles 9-10
NT: Romans 8:9-25
Ps: Psalm 18:16-36
Pr: Proverbs 19:26

Today´s notable verse:

13 For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, 14 because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

Romans 8:13-14 (NIV)

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OYB July 22

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted 12 August 2006, back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: II Chronicles 6:12-42, II Chronicles 7, II Chronicles 8:1-10
NT: Romans 7:14-24, Romans 8:1-8
Ps: Psalm 18:1-15
Pr: Proverbs 19:24-25

Today´s notable verse:

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

II Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.

Romans 8:5 (NIV)

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